17,500 RPM Test The Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 engine is an amazing device. Although specific information is protected better than many government secrets, this 3.0-liter V-10 engine produces something in the neighborhood of 800 horsepower and can rev on the high side of 17,500 rpm. Pretty amazing. It takes an equally amazing motor oil to keep all that exotic metal working in harmony. Naturally, Team McLaren Mercedes uses Mobil 1.